Sail Date: April 2018
We chose this one because we wanted to visit two of the places on the itinerary. We were not disappointed. Unfortunately we had not read the brochure properly and had not realised that the first two and last two nights would be in ... Read More
We chose this one because we wanted to visit two of the places on the itinerary. We were not disappointed. Unfortunately we had not read the brochure properly and had not realised that the first two and last two nights would be in hotels, in Berlin and Prague respectively. However, that was our fault, not Viking's! In the event, we found the experience in Berlin rather dry, but Prague is a lovely city which we will be visiting again. Also unfortunately, our holiday got off to a very poor start due to a strike of air france staff. We finally go to Berlin eight hours late, after being routed round via Zurich. However, we had informed the London office of our difficulties and we were met by a charming Viking courier and driven to the ship. As always, the staterooms are spotlessly clean and blissfully comfortable. The selection of entertainment on the wide screen TV is chosen to suit all tastes. All of the staff are courteous, friendly and helpful. Meals, especially the local specialities, are always delicious and there is always a good choice. The excursions to Meissen, where we were given a demonstration of porcelain making (Meissen is one of my favourite makes!) and Wittenberg, where we had what can only be called a lecture-tour about Martin Luther, were very well thought out and interesting. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
Having seen the cruises advertised on TV I rang for a brochure. When it arrived a thought the cruise too expensive for the number of days. I later received a flyer offering £1000 off per person and rang to book the cruise that appealed to ... Read More
Having seen the cruises advertised on TV I rang for a brochure. When it arrived a thought the cruise too expensive for the number of days. I later received a flyer offering £1000 off per person and rang to book the cruise that appealed to us the most. We flew from a local airport which with hindsight was a mistake as it meant a transit stop in Amsterdam on both journeys. Flights would have been direct had we travelled from Heathrow. The Hotels we stayed in at Berlin and Prague were excellent. The organisation was the best we have ever experienced. The excursions and guides were faultless, informative and helpful. The places we visited were very interesting and the on board entertainment related to the trips, The resident pianist was very good and did his best to please everyone with their choice of music. Our Cruise Director Radim was amazing, he worked tirelessly to ensure that every single passenger had a wonderful time. Nothing was too much trouble for anybody at any time day of night. From the time we arrived at the Viking Fontane we were treated like royalty by every single crew member from the Captain to the people who washed the dishes and did the laundry. It was the friendliest boat we have ever been on with a very happy crew. We were welcomed on to the boat over red carpet by the whole crew.It was pouring with rain so we were escorted on by crew members wielding umbrellas and taken to our cabins..The cabin was small but extremely clean and comfortable water was supplied as required. The whole boat was scrupulously clean. The dining experience was superb. Excellent quality, fabulous variety and choice of beautiful meals, lovely food and first class service. The bar manager and our waitress Laura were top notch, serving good wines and beers plus any thing else we wanted. There were several occasions for champagne cocktail parties and every time we returned to the boat after excursions our lovely hospitality manager was on deck serving us hot drinks with a little dash of something special! From start to finish our every need was catered for: a gift of toiletries to thank us for our booking, a lovely travel pack and personalised itinerary, with leather luggage labels and a cross body bag, etc; before we left home. All in all one of the best cruises we have ever been on. We fully intend to travel with Viking again. Thank you. Read Less

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